Sport: Photographer avoids Bartman-like scrutiny after touching live ball

Coolest Hidden-Ball Tricks In MLB

  Coolest Hidden-Ball Tricks In MLB On Friday night, Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins stole an out from the Yankees by catching Todd Frazier with the ol' hidden-ball trick. This is a rare feat, but one that has been replicated a few times throughout baseball history.This is one of baseball's many great little quirks, a schoolyard play that remains well within the rules of the game and pops up every few years. If no one calls time out and the baserunners are sufficiently distracted, an infielder can hide the ball in his glove, stick close to the base, and hope the baserunner wanders off the bag before the pitcher straddles the rubber.

New York Post photographer Anthony J. Causi was spared from a life of taunts and jeers Friday night.

With two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 2 of the ALDS, New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman sailed a throw to first base wide of the mark. The ball bounced toward Causi, who reached out to seemingly block it from hitting him in the face.

After review, Cleveland Indians outfielder Austin Jackson was awarded second base. Fortunately for the Yankees - and Causi - the Indians failed to convert and the game was extended deeper into extra innings. The photographer was very close to becoming the Yankees' answer to Steve Bartman.

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